Your One-Stop-Shop for Business Assistance
Our community is fortunate to have a stable local economy supported by strong local businesses, excellent schools, progressive local governments and a wealth of talent due to the presence of our institutions of higher education. Recognizing the need to invest in and cultivate this evolving landscape, the County and City Commissions approved becoming only the second community in the state of Florida to include economic development as part of their sales tax initiative. On November 4, 2014, 65% of the voters approved a 20-year extension of the sales tax, which included 12% (estimated at $90.7 million) set aside to support economic development projects, programs, and initiatives.
Understanding the enormity of the opportunity for transformational change created by the sales tax, and in order to support, sustain and propel our collective economic development efforts, a new model, the Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality, was created within the consolidated Department of Planning, Land Management, and Community Enhancement (PLACE) and under the governance of the Intergovernmental Agency (IA) on February 29, 2016.
The Office of Economic Vitality is an economic development model that ensures accountability, transparency, citizen engagement and professional management of economic development projects. The Office of Economic Vitality aims to develop programs and initiatives while simultaneously leveraging ideas, innovations and intellectual capital through the continuous coordination of the community’s economic development partners.
This office works diligently to create a one-stop-shop for the community’s economic development needs. As directed by the IA, these efforts include the development of a first-ever strategic plan to guide our community’s economic development efforts and objectively evaluate our progress over time toward goal achievement. The Office of Economic Vitality is able to fully leverage considerable technical and professional resources which previously resided within the County and City Economic Development and Minority and Women Small Business Enterprise Offices, the Planning Department, GIS, and Blueprint. Furthermore, the Office of Economic Vitality provides an enhanced level of service for cross departmental coordination for collection and utilization of data, implementation of projects and initiatives throughout the planning, land management and economic development spectrum, which is conducted in an open, inclusive and transparent manner.
- Be customer-driven;
- Align operations with a strong strategic;
- Measure results and make adjustments accordingly;
- Serve as a creative risk-taker;
- Build strong alliances and networks across sectors;
- Earn trust and respect from the community and stakeholders;
- Be highly efficient with funding and resources; and
- Invest in its people with professional development opportunities.
The economic development ecosystem model being implemented by the Office of Economic Vitality ensures accountability, transparency, citizen engagement and professional management of economic development projects, programs, and initiatives while simultaneously leveraging ideas, innovations, and intellectual capital through the continuous coordination of the community’s economic development partners as shown below.
For our community to truly move the needle, it will take all of us and the Office of Economic Vitality will serve as our community’s keystone economic development organization in our ecosystem. What does this mean for you? It means that the Office of Economic Vitality team will engage our community partners to ensure that a sustainable, transparent and collaborative economic development process are in PLACE.